So my book draft (with the really catchy title Election 2014) has been accepted by the publisher, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and I’ll keep you posted on its progress towards publication. In the meantime, I have time to do things I’ve missed lately like sleep and think.

Here are some midday snacky-snackies:

* Byron York explains conservative reluctance to back Boehner’s strategy on appropriations stems from intensely distrusting the Orange Man.

* Interim legislative report on Bridgegate concludes no one knows for sure if Christie responsible. This will be treated widely as “Christie Cleared!”

* At the Nation, Alex Vitale argues the police reform most needed is to deploy fewer of them in fewer places.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman suspects Jim Webb’s rationale for candidacy is simply he’s a white guy who can appeal to other white guys.

* Senate Republicans may have to make up their minds how they feel about Eric Garner case in context of Lynch confirmation hearings.

And in non-political news:

* Nissan Versa Sedan tops list of least-liked new cars of 2014.

As we break for lunch, here’s Sonny Boy Williamson with Otis Spann performing “Nine Below Zero.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.